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Old August 5th, 2014, 09:35 PM   #1
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The race happened last week and I saw no thread. I missed it this year due to life being busy, (and due to being slow and out of shape) but figured I'd throw a few links up for posterity.

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Anyone else with a report to share - what did you think of the race this year?
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Old August 6th, 2014, 03:57 PM   #2
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Great race. They sold out of registrations, which is great news. I have posted a report on my blog. Kaari, a Twin Cities based longtrack skater, also posted a report on her blog. A direct link to my helmet camera footage follows for what happened during the open wave. After that is another video of the finish of the open wave front pack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCO-BffOzBw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq6_Q_NxZJA
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Old August 6th, 2014, 06:28 PM   #3
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Great race. They sold out of registrations, which is great news.
Huh? What was the limit? And why did they even have one?
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Huh? What was the limit? And why did they even have one?
I'm pretty sure they just didn't want to deal with day-of registration, so they said the event was full a couple days beforehand. But they definitely lost some people because of it.
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Huh? What was the limit? And why did they even have one?
350, but I agree with ThePerambulator, I know of at least one person who missed out because there wasn't any day-of registration. I will say this, day-of packet pick up was a bit unorganized, so I imagine that day-of registration would have been equally as problematic.
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Old August 6th, 2014, 08:23 PM   #6
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It could have been insurance imposed limits or permits. In any event there's a lot of capacity planning that extends further than just the number of skaters the course can reasonably hold at one time.

Not that I was there, but I could see lots of reasons to cap it, especially that close to race day. Even the point about dealing with day-of registrations is perfectly valid, although announcing the limit to full or a cut off date (assuming it wasn't announced beforehand) sounds like it should have been done.
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